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Black Henbane Weed Hyoscyamus Niger Seeds
100+ seeds of this interesting plant.
I received the seeds as barter from a friend and got a great germination so I am selling the rest off to you guys.
*EDIT* Finally my own seeds, they are very fresh so be aware of natural dormancy(they will not sprout in a couple weeks, that is normal. Stratification, scarification and to a lesser extent GA3 will/may help speed up germination with these seeds, but regardless it will take time.)
Beautiful flowers, very drought tolerant and the critters leave it alone due to it’s natural toxicity. Yes folks, this one WILL kill you if your not careful with it.
It has been historically used in combination with other powerful plants, like mandrake, deadly nightshade, and datura as an anaesthetic potion, and has a very long history due to its psychoactive properties in “magic brews.” These psychoactive properties include visual hallucinations and a sensation of flying.
The internet tells me>>>
“It was originally used in continental Europe, Asia, and the Arab world, though it did spread to England in the Middle Ages. The use of henbane by the ancient Greeks was documented by Pliny. The plant, recorded as Herba Apollinaris, was used to yield oracles by the priestesses of Apollo.
Recently evidence for its earlier use in the Scottish Neolithic has been debated (Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger L.) in the Scottish Neolithic, Journal of Archaeological Science.
The name henbane dates at least to AD 1265. The origins of the word are unclear, but “hen” probably originally meant death rather than referring to chickens. Hyoscyamine, scopolamine, and other tropane alkaloids have been found in the foliage and seeds of the plant. Common effects of henbane ingestion in humans include hallucinations, dilated pupils, restlessness, and flushed skin. Less common symptoms, such as tachycardia, convulsions, vomiting, hypertension, hyperpyrexia and ataxia, have all been noted.
Henbane can be toxic, even fatal, to animals in low doses.
It was sometimes one of the ingredients in gruit, traditionally used in beers as a flavouring, until replaced by hops in the 11th to 16th centuries (for example, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 outlawed ingredients other than barley, hops, yeast, and water).
Henbane is thought to have been the “hebenon” poured into the ear of Hamlet’s father.
Greek oracles breathed in the smoke of burning henbane in order to enter into a trance state. Others have said that the Scandinavian goddess Bil was associated with henbane (Bilsenkraut). In medieval Germany, henbane was used in rain magic. Albertus Magnus claimed that sorcerers burned henbane in order to see demons in its smoke.
It was also used previously to give beer extra punch “Pilsen[er]” is a corruption of “Bilsen[kraut]” This herb is also known as Hyoscyamus, Hog’s-bean, Jupiter’s-bean, Symphonica, Cassilata, Cassilago, Deus Caballinus, Henbell, and Jusquiame.
That’s about it folks. Handle with care, it is toxic and dangerous and should be treated as such.
Collectors piece only.